Category Archives: Student News

Graduates toasted at Senior Celebration

Glasses were raised to East Carolina graduates of two generations at Senior Celebration on Thursday afternoon.


Sponsored jointly by the East Carolina Alumni Association and the Pirate Club, the event allowed members of the class of 2016 to celebrate earning their degrees and joining the ranks of Pirate alumni.

Graduates also had a chance to converse with 1966 alumni, who were back on campus for the association’s annual Golden Alumni Reunion for the 50-year reunion class.

While rain poured from the roof of the Club Level into Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, champagne was poured into keepsake flutes for a toast to graduates past and present.

“The future of ECU is certainly bright thanks to you, our newest Pirate alumni,” said Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations Heath Bowman, who led the toast.

“Like many families, we may not all live in the same place, but staying in touch keeps our bonds strong,” said Erinn Latta, a 2009 alumna who coordinates young graduate programming for the Pirate Club.

Also recognized were five graduates who received the 2016 Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award from the alumni association: Ryan Clancy, Erika Dietrick, Joel Glotfelty, Sarah Lisson and Kate McPherson.

–Jackie Drake; video by Rich Klindworth

Laupus Library offers respites for stressed students

Final exam week is the busiest time for Laupus Library each semester, as students pack into every available study space for hours of studying. To encourage students to take a healthy break from their hard work, Laupus hosted a variety of stress relieving activities and programs April 26-29 for those needing a brief escape.

The library’s ongoing Pet Therapy program, sponsored by the Friends of Laupus Library, kicked off the week with much success as many students were eager to spend a little time with man’s best friend.

Health Sciences students take a break from studying for exams to engage in some pet therapy – part of an expanding student program sponsored by the Friends of Laupus Library. (Contributed photos)

Christa Sanderford, a graduate student in the environmental health sciences program, was talking on the phone about exams with her mom when she walked into the library and spotted the therapy dogs. “I was like, ‘mom I have to go,’” she said. “There are dogs in the library!”

“I am so excited,” she gushed after giving both dogs a good rub. “My exam is in 30 minutes and I am so much more cheerful now.”

“Bringing these dogs to the library is a way we can acknowledge that we appreciate what these students are going through and provide a bit of emotional comfort, particularly during finals week when the stress goes up another notch, explained Beth Ketterman, interim director of Laupus Library. “And there is good evidence in the health sciences literature that taking a few moments to stop and pet an animal has a positive impact on human psychology and physiology.”

Physician assistant studies student Hayden Mulligan says she spends more time in the library than her own home.

“Sometimes it’s hard to incentivize yourself to take a break because there is so much work to be done,” she said. “It’s so nice to be able to take a second away from studying and love on an animal that is sweet and generous and cuddly.”

“These dogs help me remember there is real life outside of school,” she continued. “They relax me and make the library feel a little more like home.”

Because of the positive response from students, the Friends of Laupus Library voted earlier this year to double the number of offerings by sponsoring sessions for fall and spring semesters during mid-term and final exam weeks.

Friends Chair John Papalas says the group is proud to support the library and students it serves.

“By sponsoring and promoting events like this we hope to highlight the prominent role Laupus plays in the education of a growing and ever more diverse student body,” he said.

Other activities held throughout the week included a Food N’ Fun Break on Wednesday evening for students who enjoyed free pizza, snacks, giveaways and board games. Also during the break, students completed surveys which collected feedback on ways the library can improve services to better meet their needs.

Programs concluded on Friday, April 29, as Laupus VIP contest winner Brittany Eure – a freshman nursing student – and four invited friends received 12 hours of private and reserved study space and a full day of pampering. Free breakfast, lunch, and dinner were delivered to the lucky group along with snacks and other giveaways throughout the day.

Laupus staff also decorated the exclusive spot to make the long study hours a more enjoyable experience.

“Winning the contest has made a huge difference in my studying,” claimed Eure. “I actually looked forward to coming to study today and was relieved not to have to worry about finding a room.”

The competition, created to encourage students to follow the library’s social media sites, required students to attend the Food N’ Fun Break and post a photo from the event on the Laupus Library Facebook or Instagram pages. Participant names were entered into a drawing held on Thursday morning.

“All these programs show the library cares about the students and wants to make this time as manageable as possible for us,” Mulligan said. “That makes me feel like they are on my team and I really appreciate their support.”

–Kelly Dilda

CSDI students present donors with patient-created quilt

Students from East Carolina University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders presented a group of long-time donors with a unique gift during several representatives’ visit to campus this April.

Students and staff from the College of Allied Health Sciences present members of the Scottish Rite organization with a quilt created by pediatric patients in ECU’s Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic. (Photos by Gretchen Baugh)

Students and staff from the College of Allied Health Sciences present members of the Scottish Rite organization with a quilt created by pediatric patients in ECU’s Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic. (Photos by Gretchen Baugh)

The Scottish Rite Foundation has supported the department – housed within the College of Allied Health Sciences – for more than 20 years, and members regularly tour the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic and meet with the faculty, staff and students working to combat childhood language disorders and dyslexia.

“We just really appreciate everything you do for us,” said Kate DelGreco, who is working toward a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. She and two other graduate students presented members with a quilt created by the clinic’s pediatric patients, who range in age from 2 to 18.

Clinical Operations Director Lori Kincannon said meeting the students shows the full impact of a gift to the clinic or department.

“We want them to know that not only do their donations help the children in our clinic, but they’re also supporting the training for future clinicians who will go on to help hundreds of children over their lifetimes,” she said.

Speech-language pathology graduate student Kate DelGreco speaks with Scottish Rite masons Michael May and Tom Broderick about the pediatric programs they sponsor in ECU's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Speech-language pathology graduate student Kate DelGreco speaks with Scottish Rite masons Michael May and Tom Broderick about the pediatric programs they sponsor in ECU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Scottish Rite Sovereign Grand Inspector General Dr. William Brunk said it’s a pleasure to meet the people who further the foundation’s ongoing work to improve speech, language and literacy across the state and nation.

“(I get) the joy of knowing I’m a little part – just a very little part – of something that’s doing good for other people,” he remarked. “Our job it to try and make society just a little bit better.”

The ECU Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic averages 3,000 patient visits each year. Providers at the clinic offer comprehensive services to individuals of all ages experiencing speech, language, hearing, balance and communication disorders. For more information or to make an appointment, call 252-744-6104.

–Kathryn Kennedy

Graduates decorate caps to celebrate degrees

Graduating from college is an accomplishment and expressing that elation has become a tradition at East Carolina University. Approximately half of ECU graduates decorate their mortarboards celebrating their accomplishments, using Pirate symbols, Bible verses and glitter.

The annual grad cap contest sponsored by the East Carolina Alumni Association once again showcased some very creative designs.

Any graduating student was eligible to enter their creation in the contest. Graduates were encouraged to be as creative as they wanted without blocking someone else’s view at commencement. Students wrote their favorite sayings, added their favorite gems, or even reshaped their caps to represent their future.

This year, 78 students submitted photos of their caps by email, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

The winner, Carolyn Walence, won with her Peter Pan inspired cap with the quote, “Everything ends and so our story begins.”

She will receive a free diploma frame from Dowdy Student Stores courtesy of the East Carolina Alumni Association.

–Rich Klindworth

Medical Education Day showcases innovation

East Carolina University’s Second Annual Medical Education Day was held April 20 at the Brody School of Medicine. The event showcased 27 projects related to undergraduate and graduate medical, nursing and allied health education from students and faculty across the health sciences campus.

College of Engineering student Samantha Hamann discusses her poster with Brody dean Dr. Paul Cunningham during the university’s second annual Medical Education Day.

College of Engineering student Samantha Hamann discusses her poster with Brody dean Dr. Paul Cunningham during the university’s second annual Medical Education Day.

The event provided faculty, residents and students the opportunity to present innovations in curriculum and teaching, educational research and leadership to a growing community of educators, leaders, scholars and learners to promote educational excellence.

The best oral presentation award was presented to Dr. John Norbury, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, for his work entitled, “A Focus on Nerves and Joints: Impact of a Revised Curriculum for the 4th Year Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clerkship at Brody School of Medicine.” Second place was awarded to Dr. Luan Lawson, assistant dean for curriculum, assessment and clinical academic affairs at Brody, for her presentation, “Implementation of an Interprofessional Simulation Curriculum for Medical and Nursing Students using TeamSTEPPS.” Third-year medical student David Baker took home the third-place award for his presentation, “Latino Lay Health Advisors Building a Healthier Community.”

The best poster award went to Dr. Shuhua Ma, a third-year pathology resident, for her project, “Implementation of Resident Sign Out with Functions to Compare Resident and Attending Reports.” Second place was scooped up by Samantha Hamann, a student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, for her project, “A Shoulder Reduction Trask Trainer.” Third place was awarded to Melissa Barnes, a graduate student in the Department of Public Health, for her poster, “Inclusion of LGBT Health Topics in Curriculum at Brody School of Medicine.”

The event is an offshoot of Brody’s $1 million, five-year grant from the American Medical Association to help reshape how future doctors are trained.

To view the podium and poster presentations or to learn more about Brody’s AMA grant – the REACH Initiative – visit ecu.edu/reach.

–Amy Ellis

ECU chapter of Gold Humanism Honor Society inducts new members

An organization at East Carolina University honoring medical students and resident physicians who exemplify humanism and professionalism inducted 18 new members at an April event.

The Brody School of Medicine Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society began in 2011, recognizing third-year medical students for demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. Last year the chapter expanded to include resident physicians – each nominated by third-year medical students based on their commitment to teaching and compassionate treatment of patients and families, students and colleagues.

Resident physicians selected this year are Dr. Kenji Leonard (surgery); Dr. Aakash Modi (family medicine); Dr. Sean Marco (internal medicine); and Dr. Glenn Nanney (physical medicine and rehabilitation).

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Front row: Drs. Kenji Leonard and Aakash Modi. Back row: Drs. Sean Marco and Glenn Nanney (Photos by Gretchen Baugh)

Additionally, 14 third-year students from the Brody School of Medicine were inducted into the society this year. They are Mark Ash, David Baker, Lauren Brown, Tiffany Byerly, Alexandria Dixon, Nicholena Etxegoien, Meagan Evangelista, Kevin Harris, Mehrin Islam, Mia Marshall, Eli Robins, Steven Roseno, Amanda Small and Zachary Wood.

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Front row: Amanda Small, Mehrin Islam, Mia Marshall. Back row: Nicholena Etxegoien, Steven Roseno, Lauren Brown, Alexandria Dixon, David Baker, Zachary Wood, Mark Ash, Meagan Evangelista, Tiffany Byerly, and Kevin Harris (Eli Robins not pictured)

The students join thousands of honor society members in training and practice, inspiring and nurturing humanism in others. Membership in GHHS goes beyond selection and induction into an honor society; its members have a responsibility to model, support and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout their careers.

During their fourth year of medical school, student inductees select and execute a project that exemplifies humanism; participate in Solidarity Day, a nationwide initiative to highlight humanism in medicine; and sponsor a fundraising event.

Inspiration for the society began in the late 1990s when medical educators and residency program directors expressed the need for a way to identify applicants to residency training programs who had outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills.

The faculty adviser for the Brody chapter is Dr. Hellen Ransom of the Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies.

College of Health and Human Performance awards $208,700 in scholarships

East Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Performance awarded $208,700 in scholarships to 161 outstanding students during the Pecheles Automotive Group Winner’s Circle scholarship breakfast April 8 at the ECU’s Williams Arena.

The Pecheles Automotive Group has sponsored the event for twelve consecutive years.

“We are grateful for the generosity of the Pecheles Automotive Group,” said Dr. Glen Gilbert, Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.

“In partnership with this successful business leader, we can gather together benefactors and students. Scholarship recipients learn about why others give back and donors hear firsthand how their gifts make a difference.”

The Pecheles Automotive Group also supports an annually funded scholarship in the College of Health and Human Performance.

Mr. Brian Pecheles, President of the Pecheles Automotive Group, joins Dean Gilbert on stage and welcomes the crowd in Williams Arena. (Photos by Chuck Baldwin).

Mr. Brian Pecheles, President of the Pecheles Automotive Group, joins Dean Gilbert on stage and welcomes the crowd in Williams Arena. (Photos by Chuck Baldwin).

“We are very proud to be part of the College of Health and Human Performance Winner’s Circle Breakfast,” said Brian Pecheles, president of Pecheles Automotive.  “There is no better event we participate in, and no more deserving group of people.”

Awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 were presented and granted to students for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Private donations fund the scholarships, created to honor outstanding faculty and friends of the college.

Nearly 460 people attended the breakfast, including scholarship recipients, donors, advancement council members, faculty, staff and guests.

Ms. Emily Evans congratulates the first recipient of the Emily Evans Scholarship, Zainah AbulHawa.  Dr. Don Chaney, Chair of the Department of Health Education and Promotion, Dean Glen Gilbert, and associate dean, Dr. Angela Lamson presented certificates to students.

Ms. Emily Evans congratulates the first recipient of the Emily Evans Scholarship, Zainah AbulHawa. Dr. Don Chaney, Chair of the Department of Health Education and Promotion, Dean Glen Gilbert, and associate dean, Dr. Angela Lamson presented certificates to students.

Following is a list of the awards and student recipients:

Joe Pecheles Volkswagen, Inc. Scholarship: McKayla Kraft
Harold H. Bate Scholarship in Health and Human Performance: Andrew Whaley
Health and Human Performance Advancement Council Scholarship: Courtney Nall, Ashley Boyd, Lydia Ritchie, Rachel Jhala, Kerry Walsh
William E. Cain Scholarship: Kayla Maness, Kaylan Bristol
Abeyounis Family Scholarship: Laura Snyder
Captain Christopher Cash Memorial Scholarship: Genevieve Ramirez, Samuel Bowen, Luke McMillan, Summer Martinez
George Whitfield Scholarship: Cheyenne Carothers
Walter and Marie Williams Scholarship: Mona Sims, Rachel Williams, Mary Blackwelder
Jane B. Waller Scholarship: Wesley Thigpen, Amanda Driggers
Dr. Ed Clement Scholarship: Alison Ratti
John and Nicole Archibald Scholarship: Nicole LaDuca
Dave Alexander Scholarship: Vivian Nguyen
Bessie McNeil Scholarship: Monica Millsaps
Bloxton-Strawn Scholarship: Lauren Plis
Health and Human Performance Faculty Scholarship: David Taylor
John P. and Harriet I. Hudson Scholarship: Nadine Rammouni
University Book Exchange Scholarship: Farren Allen, Greyson Vann
Dr. Jerry McGee Scholarship: Israel Mendez
Emilie Tilley Scholarship: Danielle Holdner, Kristina Cripe, Jordan Groose
Guy and Kathy Swain Scholarship: Treva Perry
Steven W. Osborne Scholarship: Sarah Jones
Miriam B. Moore Scholarship: Tionne Allen

Department of Health Education and Promotion Scholarships
Patricia C. Dunn Scholarship: Brittany Lewis
Michael L. Bunting Scholarship in Health Education and Promotion: Augustus Floyd
Mollie Berry Davenport Scholarship in Health Education and Promotion: Kimberlea Lehr
Judy B. Baker Scholarship in Public Health Studies: Gladys Ruby Gonzalez
Emily Evans Scholarship in Health Education and Promotion: Zainah AbulHawa
Jamie and Jonathan Williams Scholarship: Lauren Smith
James Mulligan Memorial Scholarship: Brittany Case, Jackson Hooton
Daniel and Roelyn Adams Scholarship in Environmental Health: Elizabeth Asawacharoenkun
Ronnie P. Barnes Scholarship in Athletic Training: Kathryn Carter, Sydney O’Brien
Craig and June Baker Scholarship in Athletic Training: Jessica Phillips
The Athletic Alumni Scholarship: Hope Stuart

Department of Human Development and Family Science Scholarships
Mel Markowski Medical and Family Therapy Scholarship: Daniel Blocker
Myrtle H. Westmoreland Scholarship: Giles Jones
Vonta Leach Scholarship: Azanique Rawl
Tyndall-Owens Scholarship: Sasha Murphy
Ursich Marriage and Family Therapy Scholarship: Erika Taylor
Marriage and Family Therapy Alumni Scholarship: Meagan Collins
David Dosser Scholarship: Merin Joshy
Nash Love Scholarship: Kaylabeth Gudac
J. B. and Vera Congleton Scholarship: Sarah Cope
Maisie Castlebury Freeman Scholarship: Dana Carty, DeLys Chauvin
Dorothy G. Pruitt Scholarship: Miranda Holland
Elizabeth Pate Johnson Scholarship: Caroline Traflet
Alexandria G. Kittrell Scholarship: Jamie Tilley, Kristen Malagisi, Star Chang
Nancy Darden Early Childhood Scholarship: Janna Elawar, Alaina Purvis
Human Development and Family Science Scholarship: Marcy Regan
J.F. “Frank” and Reba D. Howell Scholarship: Amanda Alnadesh
Lucy Ervin Roberts Birth-Kindergarten Scholarship: Michelle Flores

Department of Interior Design and Merchandising Scholarships
Collegiate Tartan Scholarship: Anne Mason
M. Louise Thomas Scholarship: Hannah Wiser, Lisa Duerr
Garnice Knight Ealy Scholarship: Ijechukwuama Omotosho
Interior Design Alumni and Friends Scholarship: Madelyn Wood
Tom and Karen Bartik Interior Design Scholarship: Rebecca Culvahouse
Belk Scholarship: Lauren Williams, Kristina Mutio, Allison Hawkins
Caroline Allen Scholarship: Angelica Martinez-Tejada
Merchandising Advisory Board Scholarship: Yulan Ruan
M. Louise Thomas Merchandising Scholarship: Angel Johnson, Kaitlyn Shrey

Department of Kinesiology Scholarships
Merry Sandra Aycock Kennedy Scholarship: Brady Cartwright
Jimmie R. Grimsley Scholarship: Jeffrey Broadway, Brittany Vaughan
Eva Price Memorial Scholarship: Emma Shirley
G. Brantley and Barbara F. Aycock Scholarship for Physical Education: Adell Remsberg, Colton Chrisman, Jamie Corbett, William Pittman
George E. Williams Memorial Scholarship: Mollie Edick
Catherine V. McCulley Scholarship: Tyara Nevels
Karla Faye Jones Scholarship: Garrett VanHoy
Catherine A. Bolton Scholarship: Lauren MacchioCatherine A. Bolton Scholarship: Constantine Unanka
Jim and Wendy Dill Scholarship: Adam Parker
Gay Blocker EXSS Memorial Scholarship: Stephen Allard
Nell Stallings Scholarship: Hannah Vermillion, Josh Dixon, Mary Shaw,  Thomas Wynne, William Deatherage
Graham and Lynne Felton Scholarship: David Modigliani-Estraella
Ernest Schwartz Sports Management Graduate Fellowship: Marlee Sloan
Clay and Anne Walker Scholarship in Sports Management: Lyle Jones

Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies Scholarships
Keene Spirit of Service Scholarship: Kelly Semon
Michael Bunting Scholarship in RCLS: Tynasia Miles
Michael Bunting Scholarship for Warrior Training Program: Emily Reames
Peggy Pruett Cromer Scholarship: Madeline Jones
Joseph and Hannah Tart Scholarship for Warrior Training Program: Stephanie Warrick
John and Joan Taylor Scholarship in RCLS: Jacquelyn Nance
Charles A. Vincent Memorial Scholarship: Kayla Maness
Robert L. Jones Scholarship for Warrior Training Program: Christina Brown-Bochicchio

School of Social Work Scholarships
Elizabeth Ann Worden Scholarship: Alleyah Mason
Lamanda Michelle Reid Memorial Scholarship: Laura Fisher
David B. and Willa H. Stevens Social Work Scholarship: Maya Williams, Caitlin Wyant
Edward L. Garrison Memorial Scholarship: Phuong Nguyen
Peggy Myers Chandler Memorial Scholarship: Gabriela Mendoza
ECU School of Social Work Scholarship: Chrisola Ham
Master of Social Work Scholarship: Jalessa S. Jones, Hailey Harris, Tracy James-McAllister, Mitzi Jordan

Air Force ROTC Scholarships 
Major General William Dutch & Lt. Colonel Norma Holland Scholarship: Lajoy Galloway
Captain Christopher Cash Scholarship: Davonte Brown, Clayton Brock
Michael L. Bunting Scholarship in Air Force ROTC: Colby Wallmow, Nastassia Arrington, Hekima Wainaina
Keith and Janie Oliphant Scholarship: Zachary Schadewald
Stephen and Tammy Blizzard Scholarship: Katie Dew
Walter and Marie Williams Scholarship: Travis Paul
Lt. Colonel Ed Tadlock Scholarship: Tyler McGuire
The ‘High Flight’ Spirit Scholarship: Matthew Campbell
Kirk and Dasha Little Scholarship: Charlotte Jenkins
Bill and Nancy Miller Scholarship in Air Force ROTC: Jack Davis
General Gary North Scholarship: Thomas Griswold
Colonel J. Worth Carter DMSS Scholarship: Jonathan Jeffries
Archie Burnette Scholarship: Jacquelyn Nance, Kenneth Bridges
Clifton E. Boyd Scholarship: Christina Debnam
Maj. Gen. Cathy Dreyer & Lt. Gen. Kevin Chilton Scholarship: Drake Kuntzleman
B.G. Beacham Scholarship: Christy Xiong, Mason Doty

Army ROTC Scholarships
Captain Christopher Cash Memorial Scholarship: Joseph Jernigan, Kelsey Page
Ruth Glass Bunting Scholarship: Nathan Hallock, Justin Stevenson
Michael Bunting Scholarship in Army ROTC: Gabriel Abreu
Walter and Marie Williams Scholarship: Kaeley Churchill
Captain David “JP” Thompson Memorial Scholarship: William Blackwell
Archie Burnette Scholarship: Theodore Protonentis, Matthew Pastino
LTC Daniel and Mrs. Heather Heape Scholarship:  Samuel Phillips
B.G. Beacham Scholarship: Christopher Voss, Michael Helpingstine, Christopher Rudkowski, James Dempsey, Lathan Nelson

-Kathy Muse

ECU named top school for military spouses

East Carolina University has been named one of the top 100 schools in the nation for military spouses.

ECU is the only university in North Carolina to receive Victory Media’s Military Spouse Friendly School designation.

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As such, ECU demonstrates “best practices in the education of military spouses and military families,” according to Victory Media, which measured universities on 10 criteria from academic and military family support to offering programs leading to portable career opportunities.

Earning the designation brings great pride, said Rondall Rice, chair of ECU’s Academic Military Affairs Committee, which completed the surveys and compiled information for the designations.

“Having served 29 years in the Air Force, I know the importance of military spouses and families, and the hardships they endure to allow their loved one to serve the nation. Being Military Spouse Friendly recognizes that ECU values their sacrifice and has programs and policies in place to help them achieve their academic goals,” Rice said.

This is the fifth military friendly-related designation this academic year, Rice said, which is a testament to ECU’s campus-wide efforts to make it a welcoming and beneficial place for military students, veterans and their families.

“This specific student population is focused and hard-working, but often face difficulties and unique situations due to their service,” Rice said. “We are proud to work with them all to help them earn their degrees.”

In the fall, the Military Times ranked ECU 28th in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 – the highest ranked in North Carolina. ECU also was named a Military Friendly School, which recognizes the top 20 percent of trade schools, colleges and universities that are doing the most to embrace service members, veterans and their families. The other two designations given to ECU are the Military Times’ Best for Vets: Business Schools and Victory Media’s Top 50 Military Friendly Schools for jobs in the pharmaceutical and health care industry.

ECU offers participation in the Veterans Administration Yellow Ribbon Program, which extends GI Bill benefits to cover out-of-state tuition. ECU also has one of only 79 VA-funded Veterans Support on Campus representatives across the nation and the only one in North Carolina.

Other support groups on campus include the student-led Pirate Veterans and the ECU Student Veteran Services office which offers Green Zone training for faculty and staff to increase understanding of military and veteran students and issues they may face in college. ECU also has programs to award academic credit for military training using American Council on Education recommendations. And ECU’s Military Advisory Committee helps raise scholarship money for ROTC and military students and coordinates veterans recognition and military appreciation events.

Victory Media’s Military Friendly Guide is the premier resource used by military personnel and their families when choosing an institution of higher learning. The publication is distributed to all base education centers worldwide and offered to every military member at retirement or transition from service to civilian life. More information about the new designation can be found at https://militaryfriendly.com/militaryspouseschools/.

–Crystal Baity

ECU honors student receives Fulbright Award

An ECU Honors College student and triple major Daniel Franch has been named a recipient of an English teaching assistant award from the highly-competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Franch, who is graduating in May with a degree in history, history education and German, is one of 140 students in the United States to receive a $30,000 grant that will support his international experience in East Germany teaching English for a year.

ECU honors student receives Fulbright Award

ECU honors student and Fulbright scholar Daniel Franch

“For most countries, the competition is very stiff,” said Birgit Jensen, the Fulbright advisor at ECU. “In 2015, only eight applicants out of 98 for the Australia study grants were chosen. That same year, there were 381 applicants for English Teaching Assistantships in Germany and 127 were selected. Germany awards more grants than other countries because it funds additional stipends from its end.”

Franch, who worked in ECU’s University Writing Center for the past three years, will assist a lead teacher with English instruction in a German K–12 English classroom. In addition to teaching, he is also required to engage the local community as part of the Fulbright grant. He has proposed to join the local environmental organization and learn ways to increase sustainability practices.

“It seemed like an excellent opportunity to spend a year in Germany spreading goodwill between the United States and Germany,” said Franch, who is the ninth student from ECU selected as a Fulbright. “I had the choice to pick three federal states and I chose all former East German states, because the former East is still economically behind the rest of Germany.”

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With ECU’s German Club, Franch spent nine days over spring break volunteering in Munich in conjunction with local organizations to assimilate displaced refugees.

“We taught basic German such as the alphabet, important survival phrases and traffic rules in addition to playing Frisbee and basketball with the refugees,” said Franch.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study and research projects or for English teaching assistant programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S., according to the program’s website.

 “We know that to be successful ECU graduates must be more globally aware, more globally competent, and more globally competitive,” said Dr. William M. Downs, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. “We’re delighted that Danny Franch has earned a prestigious Fulbright award for study in Germany, as it will provide him with precisely the kind of extended immersion experience that can enrich his personal growth and enhance his professional prospects. Speaking from personal experience (Fulbright to Belgium, ’92-’93), I can safely say that this opportunity will give Danny a lifetime’s worth of important connections and lasting inspirations.”

–Jessica Nottingham

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